Higher Education and the Cultural Heritage Management Curriculum
Over the past 30 years working in Cultural Heritage Management (CHM) I have observed that Higher Education programs in CHM have emerged in academic institutions worldwide due to the need to protect and manage cultural heritage in the public interest in light of ever increasing population and environmental pressures.
In order to effectively do this, it was and is necessary to develop CHM programs and associated curriculum that provide students with the skills knowledge and abilities beyond philosophical discipline foundations.
This includes education and training that reflect global concerns in an effort to demonstrate the relevance and application of heritage in contemporary society and its ability to contribute to improving the quality of life and the environment for current and future generations.
This is critical with respect to the tremendous impact on cultural heritage resulting from economic development, unsustainable tourism, insufficient management, looting, war and conflict.
The challenge then is to develop CHM programs that produce heritage professionals that can effectively balance cultural heritage with the needs and concerns of contemporary society.